Posted by Marcus on January 24, 2001
In Reply to: Fill your boots posted by marcus on January 24, 2001
: : I was referring to the "Newfoundland" phrase given earlier... meaning "go ahead". I know the meaning, I'm interested in the origin. Thanks, Jim
: : : : : : : I'm looking for the origin/meaning of this phrase. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.
: : : : : : Do you mean like "filling someone's shoes," taking someone's place or role? Could you use the phrase in a sentence?
: : : : : This one has two meanings I know of. 1) If the person who said it is from Newfoundland, Canada, then it means to take your fill of something, like "help yourself to as much as you want". 2) If you are making refernce to someone filling their boots, it refers to what would happen if you pooped your pants severely (from a fright), it would flow down and fill your boots.
: : : : Wetting your pants and "filling your boots" after a fright came to my mind also. When reminds me of a phrase used to refer to someone who isn't very smart: "Couldn't pour p*ss out of a boot with the directions on the bottom."
: : : Or version 3 - "He won't fill Jim's boots" - to be an unworthy replacement.
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: I'm inclined to version #3. "Walk a mile in his shoes first before you take over because you never will..." etc., but "piss your pants" in a scary situation is a close second.
: ...and then I thought, it tends to fill your boots when it gets too deep.
But, then I remembered it wasn't unusual in the Old West to tie the lower pants legs of condemed men closed with rope right before they were hung.